The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation, an industry-wide ban restricting six substances in electrical and electronic equipment sold in Europe scheduled to take effect in 2006, will surely confuse and frustrate OEMs and contract manufacturers. Arrow Electronics is aiding those affected by the legislation by helping companies determine if their products, are compliant with RoHS. Arrow will help companies facilitate the identification of alternative lead-free parts to use in their products as well as send email announcements regarding the lead-free status of parts. For more information about Arrow Electronics, visit www.arrow.com. To see a copy of the RoHS legislation, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/3853-514.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.